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Old 06-15-2006, 10:28 AM   #29
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Which one?

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Is that the 2500# or 3000# original spec?

Please inform,
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Old 10-17-2006, 02:04 PM   #30
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Ready, Set, Go!

Well, the timing, money, energy, etc. is right. So I am back in the saddle again So to speak.

I have taken Gypsy down to the RV repair shop for the axle replacement. They are letting me help to the extent that I can. I am not going to do any welding or reverse welding whatever that is called.

It is a 3000 lb. axle.

This is how nervous I am.
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Old 10-17-2006, 02:13 PM   #31
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I didn't really know you could take a picture like that with a digital camera

I took a couple of shots of the axle before removal. I never do seem to get just the right shot.


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Old 10-17-2006, 02:15 PM   #32
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From the other side of the trailer
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Old 10-17-2006, 02:21 PM   #33
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With both the wheel and hub off. Curb side and Street Side.
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Old 10-17-2006, 02:27 PM   #34
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So we're thinking that perhaps the shock is not a factory mount. Rough job. See if you can see it in the photo. I could move the shock in and out with my hands. The compression seemed the same both in and out.
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Old 10-17-2006, 02:39 PM   #35
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The shock

I missed the top bolt for the shock. Notice the V shape to the bar holding the shock. It was welded to the axle frame, which was welded to the trailer frame.
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Old 10-17-2006, 02:46 PM   #36
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One side coming off. This is Clark.
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Old 10-17-2006, 02:58 PM   #37
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That All Folks

For today anyway. When I left Clark was still busy "cleaning up" the welded area. We are going to mount a bracket on the frame and then bolt the axle "frame" I call it, to the bracket.

The frame over all look in good shape. We were goint to take off the belly pan and put the bubble insulation in. He is not comfortable removing the large rivets that attach the belly to the frame. So we will see if it is advantageous to slide some bubble/foil insulation in, as the belly pan is actually two pieces joined in the middle.
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Missed the Installation

had to take an emergency trip to the dentist. Yuk!

Here is the trailer with the new axle, 5 lug rims instead of the old 4, and new baby moons!

I guess I need to become more AR (anal retentive) I don't have a decent comparison photo. But it looks as though I have gained about 2 1/2 to 3 inches. Just about right.
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Old 11-12-2006, 08:52 AM   #39
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Report on New Axle

Wow, oh wow!

I had no idea how much difference the new axle would make, nor how much it was needed. Go out one and all, those who have a vintage trailer and are wondering if you need a new axle. It was worth every penny.

I just got back from a trip to Santa Monica, CA --- San Diego, CA --- Tucson (met a knew Airstream owner!) --- Karchner Caverns, AZ --- Tombstone, AZ --- Bisbee, AZ (great town) --- Morenci, AZ (a company owned mining town that moves when then need to mine where the houses are. Definitely worth a visit.) --- Quemado, NM (hmmm.... although quite rundown and small, this town sports a number of small restaurants and some wi-fi)

So, through all these back roads with all their attendant bumps and ditches, NOTHING jumped off shelves. I had gotten used to having to put away errant items everytime I stopped.

Tracked beautifully and my mileage increased as well.

Brakes worked so well and the new brake controller is the bomb!


Tucson Sunset below..
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